trades·​man | \ ˈtrādz-mən How to pronounce tradesman (audio) \

Definition of tradesman

1 : a worker in a skilled trade : craftsman
2 : one who runs a retail store : shopkeeper

Examples of tradesman in a Sentence

electricians, plumbers, and other tradesmen He joined the tradesmen's union.
Recent Examples on the Web Shy, solitary Stefan Silbermann, grieving the recent death of his mother, is shunted off to school in faraway Leipzig by his well-meaning father, a tradesman who builds and tends church organs. Erin Douglass, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Apr. 2022 His father was a glazier — a tradesman who works with glass — and his mother was a cleaner, according to the London Daily Telegraph. Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2021 In his immediate family, Italiaander is the only tradesman. Cnaan Liphshiz,, 27 Oct. 2021 The patient who has dinner with her doctor at a country club is more likely to be able to jump the queue than a carpenter, bricklayer or other tradesman. John C. Goodman, Forbes, 3 Mar. 2021 Villarreal, who is also a skilled tradesman and has experience with aquaponics, became a co-owner of the company in February. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2020 Hansen spent the last 10 years researching and building his skills as a skilled tradesman. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Aug. 2020 And Null found that forgetting a child in a car has happened to people in all walks of life, from barbers to baristas, from students to teachers and principals, from lawyers, judges and administrators to waiters, police officers and tradesmen. Los Angeles Times, 23 Apr. 2020 Deineka was born in Kursk, the son of a railway worker, while Samokhvalov was the child of a small-time tradesman in the town of Bezhetsk, in Tver Oblast. Sophie Pinkham, The New York Review of Books, 18 Nov. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of tradesman

circa 1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tradesman was circa 1591

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2 May 2022

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“Tradesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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trades·​man | \ ˈtrādz-mən How to pronounce tradesman (audio) \
plural tradesmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of tradesman

1 : a person who runs a retail store

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